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Class Struggle and Climate Change: The Politics of Personal Consumption

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Jun 6 2010 14:03
Class Struggle and Climate Change: The Politics of Personal Consumption


The second of our Saturday evening meetings in June and July:

Class Struggle and Climate Change: The Politics of Personal Consumption.

"We keep being told, these days, to reduce, re-use and recycle, to cut down on the meat, the car, the pets and the foreign holidays, to turn down, switch off, unplug and stand-by. The moral pressure-front of climate change is firmly upon us, yet when we take a look at the figures we find that the domestic share of consumption and waste is a small part of the overall picture, and that the lion’s share is neither in our control nor even in the control of governments. It is in the hands of the tiny percentage of the Earth’s population whom luck or inheritance have made into the super-rich. These are the people defecating on the global doorstep and then blaming the rest of us for the smell.

It’s enough to make any class-conscious worker spit and say to hell with recycling. But that would be a big mistake."

Speaker: Paddy Shannon

Saturday 19th June 6pm at:

Socialist Party of Great Britain Head Office
52 Clapham High Street
London
SW4 7UN

Nearest tube: Clapham North

Further meetings in the series:

July 3rd "Business growth in conflict with the environment" **

Glenn Morris
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July 17th "Bitter Pill: Capitalism and the Pharmaceutical Industry"
**
Dick Field
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July 31st "Reforming Capitalism Or The Socialist Alternative" **

Vincent Otter